Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 10/4/13
So the United States Government is still shut down. With the Republicans fighting the Democrats it seems that we could have this nonsense go on for a bit. In my opinion Americans are more interested in the NFL than politics. So that got me thinking, why not get some of the star players and coaches in the NFL to fix the issues in our nation’s capital. So here are my top five NFL coaches and players that could help get America back on track! 1. Secretary of Treasury – Bill Belichick Bill has shown countless times that he doesn’t pay too much for players. If someone wants a raise, he doesn’t waver. He lets them go or trades them for future draft picks. The team might not be sexy on paper, but right now with a no name wide receiver core the team is 4-0. Belichick is thrifty and prepares for the future. Not a bad strategy to have for our nation to ensure that we keep looking to have a successful future for our country. 2. Secretary of State – Peyton Manning For those who might not know, here is a list of some of the things that the Secretary of State performs in his or her role. He or she has to be in charge of the receipt, publication, distribution, and preservation of the laws of the United States. Also is key in the preparation, sealing, and recording of the commissions of Presidential appointees and the preparation and authentication of copies of records and authentication of copies under the Department’s seal. Kind of a no brainer here. See that word “preparation” pop up over and over again? As fans of the NFL, we know how much Manning prepares for a game and how he makes sure his team is always on the same page. Peyton might struggle in the playoffs, but what would be considered the playoffs in politics? Would it be election year? If so that wouldn’t matter since he would have won the spot in the first place since he is on my list. His leadership skills that we see on and off the field would be just what D.C. needs in a time like this. 3. Speaker of the House – Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings star Jared Allen already has been the voice for the people. He is active member on the NFL Players Association Board. With the experience in that role, he is used to representing his fellow man. Allen also does many charitable events for the military, which shows that he can work with other branches of government. Jared knows what is important and will be able to carry his strong voice as the leader of the House of Representatives. I would love to see how Allen would react during the State of Union speeches. 4. Secretary of Defense – Dick LeBeau Dick LeBeau is synonymous with the word defense. He spent 14 years in the NFL as a player with the Detroit Lions and is in his 40th year as a coach. He is thought of as a defensive football genius. LeBeau created the “zone blitz” when he was defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Players and coaches love him. Heck even former Steelers linebacker James Harrison cried on Monday Night Football when Jon Gruden showed a video of LeBeau. That is respect right there. Who wouldn’t want to vote for a guy like LeBeau? Also, the issues with the government shutting down might not have anything to with the Secretary of Defense, but it is better to have this position on this list than having a spot for the Secretary of Agriculture. (Thanks to my buddy Sean for giving me the idea about LeBeau!) 5. Attorney General – BenJarvus Green-Ellis    With the nickname The Law Firm, how could I not choose BenJarvus for Attorney General? Plus he was a Patriot! How much more American can you get? BenJarvus played for Belichick for four years in New England, so he is already familiar with Bill. Using these two as the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, they will be able to get along, which is something obviously that the regular government can’t do since they stopped working.  
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